A large number of people are troubled by halitosis, more commonly known as chronic bad breath. The issue is usually the result of bacteria that has been trapped in the mouth for a long period of time. Common locations for such oral bacteria include on the surface of a person’s tongue, between their teeth and below their gum line. Most of the time, halitosis can be treated by eliminating this bacteria by thoroughly cleaning the mouth.
When trying to deal with halitosis on their own, many people will resort to using gum, mints or mouth rinses. Unfortunately, these remedies only mask the odor, and they do nothing to solve the actual cause of the problem. At NK Family Dental, we work to determine the true cause of a patient’s halitosis, while also putting a stop to the problem.
One of the best ways to treat halitosis is to provide a professional teeth cleaning. This process is designed to remove bacteria from the mouth and provide the patient with a long-lasting sense of oral freshness. Tongue scraping can also be very useful when a large presence of bacteria is present on the patient’s tongue.
Halitosis can also be the result of periodontitis, also referred to as gum disease. NK Family Dental offers periodontal treatments that are highly effective, and they go a long way towards eliminating the unpleasant odor caused by periodontitis. Our experts advise patients suffering from gum disease to seek treatment for the condition as quickly as possible since the problem can significantly worsen if it is allowed to spread.
In order to prevent halitosis, patients should make sure to brush and floss regularly and to receive regularly scheduled dental checkups and teeth cleanings at least twice per year. By doing this, your chances of experiencing halitosis will be greatly reduced. It is also a good idea to review correct brushing and flossing techniques to make sure that you are properly cleaning your teeth.
In rare cases, halitosis may be the result of another, more serious medical problem. If this is the case, we may direct you to a more appropriate specialist.
If you are suffering from halitosis, and you want to eliminate your bad breath, please call our office at (773) 249-4700 to schedule an appointment.